Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cracker Sticks with Tomato Hummus

I love baking especially breads. While kneading is definitely therapeutic, bread making takes much time. It is here that crackers come to help,especially the cracker sticks that I have adapted from Ammu with whom I am paired with for this weeks Blog Hop Wednesdays Week 7 ,by Radhika. Simple to make and good in taste and along with tomato hummus they are perfect snack.


Cracker Sticks:

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Brown Sugar/ Demerara Sugar: 2 tsp
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Salt: 3/4-1 tsp

Milk: 1/2 cup

Melted Butter: 2 tbsp for brushing
Sesame Seeds: for garnish

Preparation:
Mix flour,sugar,baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add in milk in spoonfuls and knead to a smooth pliable dough. Roll it out into a thin rectangle and cut into sticks or any shape you prefer.

Brush the sticks with melted butter and embellish with sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven at 350f  for about 20 minutes or until the edges start browning.

Serve warm with tomato hummus.


Tomato Hummus:
This is adapted from Ina Gartens recipe. You cook/roast a tomato and then blend it with remaining items to get an authentic hummus with a tomato twist.

Ingredients:
White chickpeas:1 cup pre soaked and cooked
Garlic cloves: 2 small
Tomatoes: 1 medium
Tahini paste: 3 tbsp or more as per taste.
Salt: as per taste
Red chilli flakes: as per taste and heat
Lemon juice: 1-2 tbsp

Preparation:
Cook the tomatoes in the microwave. You can even steam them or roast them and each techique imparts it own unique flavour to the dish.

Blend together all the igredients and serve with crackers or anything else as per choice.


Simple and easy snack and dip. Perfect with a cuppa. or even as a starter if you cut into appropriate shapes.

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